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Green Tea: Is Bitterness Keeping You Away From the Benefits?

By September 14, 2012Our Tea & Travel Blog

By Mary Meckley

Do you want all the health benefits of green tea but the bitter taste turns you off?

I have 3 tips for you to to turn that bitter  into better.

First, let’s talk health benefits. Yes, green tea is loaded with antioxidants. Its health claims are far reaching. It is reputed to aid everything from fighting cancer to weight loss.

While the jury is still out as far as validating many of green tea’s health benefits, it is true that if you are going to sip some Camellia sinensis, you may be better off making it green.

Green tea undergoes less processing of the leaf as compared to the fermented black and oolong teas, providing you with higher doses of beneficial catechins – those scavengers of DNA damaging free radicals.

Now, let’s take the bitterness out of your cup of green tea. Here are 3 ways to get you started:

1. Check your steeping time.

This is an easy fix. Steep your green tea for under 3 minutes. Many people simply steep their green tea too long which results in a bitter taste.

2. Make sure the water is not too hot. 

The water temperature for green tea should be no hotter than 180 degrees Fahrenheit (82 Celsius). In case you don’t have a thermometer handy to measure it, you can easily eye ball it. Water should be green tea ready just as it’s reaching the boiling point, but it’s not yet at a rolling boil.

 3. Go exotic.

If green tea’s bitterness is still keeping you away from its benefits, try pairing it with an exotic flavor. A good place to start is with Napole0na Tea’s Cherry Sencha. You’ll be receiving the antioxidant goodness of green tea along with a twist for your tastebuds.

No need to let any bitterness stand in the way of  health benefits in your next cup of green tea.  With a few easy solutions you’ll be on your way to a healthy dose of flavorful antioxidants in no time.

Is green tea bitter on your tongue? Please post a comment and share your experience.

Author: Mary Meckley shares the ancient wisdom of tea and meditation to connect you to the best part of yourself. You can find her at www.SipandOm.com where she offers meditation programs and blogs about what to sip while you OM. While you’re there, don’t miss her Free 5-day De-Overwhelm Your Day Video Series.